Sujata Majumdar – A Cure for Concrete
‘A Cure for Concrete’ steers the creation of visual imagery on concrete surfaces by experimenting with co-additives to an existing, but underused, concrete curing compound.
For this project Sujata Majumdar, an artist with a background in photography and physics, worked together with Stephen Picken, professor of Polymer Materials at Delft University of Technology. Inspired to recreate the effects of worn-down concrete in her earlier work (series Concrete Abstraction), they steered the process by design during their Crossing Parallels residency. Through transdisciplinary research Majumdar, Picken, and, as a grand finale, a group of hackathon participants, explored the pictorial potential of concrete.
Several nanocoatings were tried out using Picken’s ‘Delft Green’ curing compound as a basis. The most successful results have been achieved with the combination of Delft Green curing compound and Vivianite, which is ironic because this compound is known in the history of painting for being an unstable pigment.
Beautiful natural, organic patterns emerged through chemical reactions and physical surface drying, which have a definite likeness to Sujata’s photographic work. The patterns give us a glimpse of what we can do to improve our concrete landscape.
This piece is presented in collaboration with Crossing Parallels, a residency programme by TodaysArt and the Delft University of Technology. Special thanks to Suellen Espindola, Slimy Green Stuff, NGCM, Maiko van Leeuwen, Yask Kulshreshtha and